Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dead Man's Grip by Peter James

About the Book

The seventh novel in the award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime series.

I want them to suffer, and I want them dead ...

Carly Chase is traumatised ten days after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next. The student had deadly connections. Connections that stretch across the Atlantic. Someone has sworn revenge and won't rest until the final person involved in that fatal accident is dead.

The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change identity. The terrified woman disagrees - she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready ...




Review

DEAD MAN’S GRIP refers to rigor mortis that sets and stiffens a corpse’s muscles so that they are incredibly difficult to manipulate. Creepy, huh? Peter James doesn’t reveal this until the first body is discovered in a sunken car, gripping the steering wheel.

Peter James does what he does best in his 7th Roy Grace novel. Dead Man’s Grip has more action and death than a Guy Ritchie movie.

Imagine a car accident so foul that even the paramedics are cringing, a woman whose alcohol reading shows she is over the limit, a truck driver who is over tired and a white van that disappeared after hitting a cyclist. The victim, a student at Brighton University, is the grandson of a Mafia Mob boss. This is where it gets interesting. When the driver of the white van turns up drowned and the truck driver hanging and gutted like a fish, Roy Grace knows that he has a murder case on his hands; when an accident turns ugly.  

If you thought that is all Peter James leaves you with, you are highly mistaken. This master storyteller manages to weave together past and present of our favourite detective. The reader is allowed snip-bits from Roy Grace’s past now promising to haunt him in his future, with shocking developments that are sure to shake you to the core...

It wasn’t the cookie-cutter pacey plot that had me glued; it was the complete and utter brutality James brings to the page with a hint of expletives and great characters. He manages to capture grief and survival in each of these characters, the way they react, develop and ultimately survive ...

Another great read from the King of Crime and bestselling author, this is a must read.


 

About the Author

Peter James was educated at Charterhouse, then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screenwriter and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including the Sunday times Number One bestselling Roy Grace series have been translated into thirty-four languages, with world sales of 11 million copies. Three of his novels have been filmed. All his books reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. He has also produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex.


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